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Apparently, on 21st of June 2018 the email started spreading stating to be the part of Wanna Cry group,the mailer of the message asks for bitcoins in order for the person to retrieve their files or else they will be deleted, how ever according to IT researchers it appears that none of the computers have been infected and the message needs to be tossed in the bin. Any opinions?
My opinion is that a ransom for data should NEVER be paid as it only encourages more crime. If a computer has not be properly backed up and data has been lost then it may be a difficult lesson to learn, but one that will not be forgotten and will be shared with others.
And as far as I am concerned, Bitcoin is a high tech Ponzi scheme. It creates "value" out of nothing. That value only exists in the minds of those that use it. The beauty of Bitcoin is that when it collapses I doubt anyone will go to jail and there will be no "Clawback" for anyone that profited from it.
When these type of data "kidnappings" happen and are for real, you know because you cannot access your data. Hence why so many organizations that haven't properly backed up are forced to pay. If your IT department still has access to data, then the threat is very probably empty. To be safe - back up the data immediately and update all security software.
Nonprofit Cybersecurity: Hospital Pays Ransom to Hackers, February 23, 2016
Small Indiana Nonprofit Falls Victim To Ransom Cyberattack, May 20, 2017
Why Are Cities So Vulnerable to Cyber Attack? (analysis of Atlanta situation), March 30, 2018
-=-=-=-=-=- Jayne Cravens Author, The LAST Virtual Volunteering Guidebook
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